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  Bee-Inspired in South Kensington this Friday 20 August 11am-4pm  
 

Make a bee-line to South Kensington this Friday 20th August for our Bee-Inspired Activity Day. This free outdoor event in Prince's Gardens, just off Exhibition Road, is part of the South Ken Green Trail. 

Create a model bee, meet live invertebrates, design a butterfly food package, sow a pot of herbs to take home and more with the Natural History Museum, the Royal Parks, Goethe-Institut and friends. It will leave you buzzing with ideas for a greener future.

Find out more and book your free place at bit.ly/Bee-InspiredDay.

 
 
 
 
 
Bee Inspired Activity Day
 
Prince's Gardens, off Exhibition Road, SW7 2AZ
Friday 20 August 2021 11am-4pm
 
This summer, South Kensington is coming alive with exciting new installations by architects and artists. Buzz on over and join us for a Bee Inspired Activity Day - a free outdoor event for families and community groups with fun hands-on activities with artists and nature experts to get to know the bees and insects that share our city and how we can help look after them.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
Friday 24–Sunday 26 September 2021 Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
 
The Harry Potter™ film concert series returns to the Royal Albert Hall for the fifth instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga. Relive the magic while the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score live as Harry™ and friends soar across the big screen in high-definition.
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Tree-mendous Adventures
 
Science Museum
24 July – 29 August 11am
 
In this interactive storytelling session, Explainers will take young children on an adventure of the environment to show them how important trees are and how they work. Suitable for ages 3-7.
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Imagination Station
 
V&A
Dates vary 11am - 5pm
 
Take an adventure with Alice, play with pattern and architecture, or discover the secrets of the museum. Pick up a paper activity or trail and get exploring making with the whole family.
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Dino Snores for Grown Ups
 
Natural History Museum
Fri 27 Aug / Fri 10 Sept / Sat 27 Nov 2021 4:30pm - 10am
 
If you thought sleepovers were just for kids, think again. Join the Natural History Museum after the Sun's gone down and let your inner child go wild for a night of fun and games. Sleep beneath the beloved blue whale in the iconic Hintze Hall, and enjoy a three-course dinner as well as loads of awesome activities to keep you entertained all night.
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Adventure Babies
 
Natural History Museum
Every Tuesday 7 Sept to 14 Dec Times vary for baby-pre crawlers/Toddlers/Little ones
 
Delight the little one with a sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and nurture a love for books. And afterwards, don't miss the chance to explore the rest of the Museum with a ready-written self-guided tour.
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Jay Bernard: Crystals of this Social Substance
 
Serpentine
Until Wed 25 August 2021 Daily 5pm
 
How does money affect our present day lives and how will it shape our future? Every day at 5pm join the Serpentine for a fully immersive listening experience. Crystals of this Social Substance is a new sound work by the artist Jay Bernard, commissioned by Serpentine Education for Listening to the City.
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Serpentine Lido
 
The Royal Parks
1st July to 5th September 2021 10am-2pm
 
What better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon than a refreshing dip at the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park.
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  Go Digital  
 
 
 
Online Talk: Celebrating Dame Margot Fonteyn
 
V&A
Thurs 19 Aug 2021 Online 4pm-5:15pm
 
Margot Fonteyn is regarded as the most influential ballet dancer of her generation. Join the Royal Academy of Dance as they celebrate their longest-serving president and her contribution to British Ballet.
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Climate Pledge Calligraffiti workshop
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Thurs 26 August 2021 Online 11.00-12.00
 
Join artist Linett Kamala for this creative workshop and take inspiration from her signature style – calligraffiti – to express your wishes for the future of the planet. Make a pledge with environmental researchers and activists from Imperial and the V&A to change the future.
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Welcoming wildlife back to Exhibition Road
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Sun 29 August 2021 Online 12:30-1:30pm
 
Explore three new green interventions on Exhibition Road as we discuss rewilding, urban green space design and architecture’s role in connecting people with nature and the threats it faces.
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London: Science City 2021
 
Science Museum
Wed 25 August 2021 Online 7:30pm-8:45pm
 
Science City 1550 - 1800: The Linbury Gallery tells the story of how London grew to become a global hub for scientific and technological innovation, but where does it stand in 2021?  In collaboration with The Royal Society, the Science Museum has assembled a panel of experts to examine that question in this free virtual event.
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What's in the air you breathe
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Thursday 19 August Online 12.30-1:15pm
 
Meet the artist and air quality scientist empowering London’s residents to stand up for cleaner air. Andrew Grieve wants to give the people of London ownership over the air they breathe. Using a new breed of small sensors and data analytics, his team’s Breathe London project is creating the capital’s first air quality sensing community made by Londoners for Londoners.
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Footways walking round London
 
Footways
 
Footways London’s guide reveals quiet and characterful walking routes. Discover beautiful streets in Kensington at a different pace.
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Carnival Culture in the Park
 
Opera Holland Park
19, 20, 21 August 2021 Doors open 6:30pm; Performances start 7:30pm
 
Notting Hill Carnival will be coming to Opera Holland Park this summer, bringing a three-day programme of calypso, steelpan and Caribbean jazz to the theatre.
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  Places to stay  
 
 
 
Summer Seasonal Offer at The Kensington
 
109-113 Queen's Gate, SW7 5LP
 
This summer escape to the city with The Kensington hotel and save 30% plus complimentary breakfast when you book before 30th August and stay before 30th November. Located on Queen’s Gate, enjoy a stroll around Kensington’s leafy elegant neighbourhood or take in the latest exhibition at the V&A. Summer has just begun…
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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